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Wild West nun, who took on Billie the Kid, is considered for sainthood

Wild West nun, who took on Billie the Kid, is considered for sainthood

From The Washington Post:

To her 1960s biographers, she was “the fastest nun in the West.” To Italians, she is “the nun with spurs.”

Now, some Catholics hope to be able to call Sister Blandina Segale “saint.”

The case for canonizing the 19th century Italian-born nun, whose run-in with Old West outlaw Billy the Kid is the stuff of legend, was presented at a ceremonial “first inquiry” in Albuquerque on Tuesday. If approved, her name will be sent to the Vatican, where it will head down the long (and somewhat secretive) path toward sainthood.

For Segale’s admirers, the inquiry was an opportunity to look back at her colorful career in the frontier towns of Colorado and New Mexico, where she advocated for better treatment of Native Americans, fought the trafficking of women as sex slaves and occasionally tangled with the marauding men who made the West “wild.”

One of these “marauding men” that Sister Blandina took on was the notorious and dangerous Billie the Kid.

Nearly four years into her time in Trinidad, Segale had her famous encounter with “Billy the Kid” — who, at 17, was already the leader of a gang with a price on his head. A few days before, she had heard about a young man who had been shot by a fellow gang member and left to die in an adobe hut. Segale wrote that she found the man and nursed him back to health, and he warned her that Billy and his band would be arriving at 2 p.m. that Saturday to scalp the doctors who had refused to treat him.

“Do you believe that with this knowledge I’m going to keep still?” Segale demanded, according to her journal.

He didn’t. “What are you going to do about it?” the man asked.

“Meet your gang at 2 p.m. this Saturday.”

She followed through on her promise. When Billy — whom Segale described as peach-complexioned and innocent-seeming, except for a steely look in his eyes that “tell a set purpose, good or bad” — asked how he could repay the nun’s care for his friend, she asked that he “cancel” his plans to scalp the town’s doctors.

According to Segale, Billy looked down at his injured friend, who replied “She is game.” Then the outlaw and the nun shook hands.

Read more about the life and work of Sister Blandina Segale at The Washington Post.

A Simple Prayer for When Life is Rushed

A Simple Prayer for When Life is Rushed

There are times when life is just busy. The days are packed and it can seem difficult to keep up with all the demands on our time. It is during these times that our relationship with God often suffers, as prayer can often be the first thing to drop off our to-do list. Even priests and religious can feel the pressure of a hectic life. French priest and author Henri Nouwen wrote in his book Making All Things New:

Our lives often seem like over-packed suitcases bursting at the seams. In fact, we are almost always aware of being behind schedule. There is a nagging sense that there are unfinished tasks, unfulfilled promises, unrealized proposals. There is always something else that we should have remembered, done, or said.

If this sounds like your life, Nouwen also wrote a simple prayer to help maintain a stillness of heart and remain connected with God even in the busy seasons of life. Write this prayer down and put it on the bathroom mirror, by the kitchen sink, or in your daily planner as a way to stay peaceful and close to Our Lord when life feels overwhelming.

Dear God,

Speak gently in my silence. When the loud outer noises of my surroundings, and the loud inner noises of my fears keep pulling me away from you, help me to trust that you are still there even when I am unable to hear you.

“Come to me, all you who are burdened, and I will give you rest…for I am gentle and humble of heart.”

Let that loving voice be my guide.


Planned Parenthood Videos

Planned Parenthood Videos

Since mid-July, The Center for Medical Progress has released a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvesting and selling of organs from aborted babies. The Center for Medical Progress has released one video each week, and says there are 12 total in the series. These undercover videos have started a national discussion and have resulted in several state investigations into Planned Parenthood.

To make it easy for you to find, we have compiled the videos that have already been released, and we’ll post the new ones on this page as they are released.

Let us all pray for the sanctity of human life.

August 25th Video

August 19th Video

August 12th Video

August 4th Video

July 20th Video

July 21st Video

July 14th Video

The full and unedited footage uploaded on July 14th